What Tired Drivers Have In Common with Drunk Drivers

Photo credit: CountyLemonade via Foter.com / CC BY

Photo credit: CountyLemonade via Foter.com / CC BY

Much has been written about the dangers of drinking and driving – and for good reason. Alcohol dramatically affects a driver’s ability to operate a car or truck. Those effects include:

  • Reduced reaction time
  • Impaired vision
  • Feeling relaxed and drowsy
  • Reduced concentration
  • Difficulty doing several tasks at once

Interestingly, researchers now report that drivers who are sleep deprived are as dangerous as drivers who have had three or four drinks before getting behind the wheel.

Put another way – a drowsy driver is essentially a drunk driver.

What’s more, sleep deprivation is considered a serious public health problem in Connecticut and around the country. It’s estimated that 35% of the adult population in the U.S. gets fewer than seven hours of sleep a night and that 12% get less than five.

Why do we think driving when tired is a problem?

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